Groovy theatre for the whole family

The Emperor’s New Clothes

“Skillful, clear, intelligent, funny, wow and yeah!”
– Teatteri & Tanssi -magazine

“Clown-like anarchism blossoms!”
– Turun Sanomat newspaper

“It was good! Really, really good!”
– Spectator, 4 years

The Emperor’s New Clothes is a real feel-good show. It brings the masterpieces of rock’n’roll to the stage — this is your chance to see Elvis Presley on stage together with H.C. Andersen!

For children, The Emperor’s New Clothes is a funny and exciting story; for older spectators, it ́s more of a political satire — but one thing is universal and definite: the naked emperor’s bottom will make us all laugh.

The popular show, originally in Finnish, has been on tour since 2017, and it has been invited to numerous festivals both in Finland and abroad.

Duration: 1 h (no intermission)
Language versions: Finnish, Swedish, English
Suits audiences of all ages! (Recommended for 6 years and up)

Red Nose Company: The Emperor´s new clothes from Red Nose Company on Vimeo.



Cast: Timo Ruuskanen and Tuukka Vasama
Story: H.C.Andersen
Adapted and directed by Timo Ruuskanen and Tuukka Vasama
Production: Niina Bergius and Inka Virtanen / Red Nose Company
Premiere: September 17, 2017, Aleksanterin Teatteri, Helsinki

Festivals: Assitej Nordic Fringe Kristiansand (Norway), Oulu Theatre Festival for Children and Youth, Kuulas – Children’s Theatre Festival



”An interpretation of a classic that is both anarchistic and loyal to the original proves that vanity, lying, desire to please and kissing up are still current and excellent themes.” (…) Clown-like anarchism also blossoms in the way the performers involve the young audience, speak to and even provoke them.”
—Turun Sanomat newspaper

“The performance was well-designed, respectful, and it did not underestimate anyones intellect, neither my 4-year-old daughters nor mine.”
– Spectator


Red Nose Company’s shows combine theatre clownery and physical comedy with storytelling, improvisation, live music and witty stand-up comedy. Our performances are intelligent, skillful, groovy and visually stunning.

We think that it´s time to bring theatre to all the people in Finland, no matter what languages they speak. We perform in Finnish, Swedish, English – maybe soon even in Spanish – and we are even happy to mix languages when we discover a multilingual audience.



Timo Ruuskanen (b. 1973) and Tuukka Vasama (b. 1978) have worked together as a clown duo since 2012. Their performances for Red Nose Company have had over 60000 spectators. They both hold a degree in acting from the Theatre Academy Helsinki, and have performed widely in city theatres, independent theatre groups, film and radio.


Aika Esitys Tickets
20.4.2021 09:00 Verstas-näyttämö, Hämeenlinna In Finnish
20.4.2021 10:30 Verstas-näyttämö, Hämeenlinna In Finnish
28.4.2021 10:00 Luckan Åbo In Swedish